Edwards appeared on Letterman's show Tuesday (Photo Credit: AP)
(CNN) - John Edwards is used to taking hits on the campaign trail, but Tuesday night, his hair got the toughest treatment.
At the end of Edwards’ appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, the talk show host had just one request of the well-coiffed former North Carolina senator. "Could I just mess your hair up a little bit?" he asked.
"You want to? Go ahead," responded Edwards.
To the delight of the studio audience, each man made a grab for the others’ hair. By the end, the Democratic candidate's normally well-combed trim jutted out in every direction. Letterman later tried unsuccessfully to put it back in place.
Edwards’ mane last grabbed headlines last April when his campaign's Federal Election Commission report disclosed he had spent $400 on two separate occasions for a haircut. The North Carolina Democrat quickly reimbursed his campaign for the pricey cuts, and said he would not spend that much on them in the future.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney